(20 ILCS 1315/5)
The purpose of the Illinois Youthbuild Act is:
(a) To enable economically disadvantaged youth, especially youth who have
not finished high school, to obtain the education, job skills training,
personal counseling, leadership development skills training, job
placement assistance, and long-term follow-up services necessary for them to
achieve permanent economic self-sufficiency, while at the same time providing
valuable community service that addresses urgent community needs including the
demand for affordable housing and the need for young role models and mentors
for younger teenagers and children.
(b) To provide communities the opportunity to establish or rebuild
neighborhood stability in economically depressed and low-income areas, as well
as historic areas requiring restoration or preservation, while providing
economically disadvantaged youth and youth who have not finished high school an
opportunity for meaningful participation in society.
(c) To allow communities to expand the supply of affordable housing for
homeless and other low-income individuals by utilizing the energies and
talents of economically disadvantaged youth and young people who have not
graduated from high school.
(d) To foster the development of leadership skills and a commitment to
community development among youth.
(Source: P.A. 90-247, eff. 1-1-98.)